Ask a California Divorce Attorney: Dispelling Myths about Divorce

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyDivorce is always a hot topic, and everyone seems to be an expert with plenty of wisdom to share. The thing is, people just love to talk and they aren’t interested in vetting the facts that they share. Not surprisingly, we at the Law Offices of James P. White have heard all sorts of myths and rumors that are widely circulated despite being total falsehoods.

This inspired us to write this post, where we go over some of the biggest myths concerning divorce. Remember that for more specific advice, you can always give us a call directly to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced California divorce attorneys.

Myth 1: A Divorce is Always Expensive and Will Bankrupt You

Let’s make one thing clear: divorce can be very expensive. It can certainly derail your finances for years to come, but the key thing to remember is that divorce doesn’t have to be a costly process. Each divorce is different, and feuding couples who choose to explore alternative routes such as mediation can save a fortune, at least in contrast to traditional proceedings. When it comes to cost expectations, an attorney can guide you on the right track and help you identify potential strategies and solutions to help keep costs low.

Myth 2: Divorce Leads to Troubled and “Messed Up” Kids

Plenty of people hesitate on divorce because of their kids. They worry about causing instability and conflict in their life, and would rather stew in an unhappy marriage. However, studies have shown that unhappy households can have devastating effects on a child’s development. In addition, children run into a lot less trouble when they have a supportive environment, which includes plenty of scenarios where both parents are divorced. In general, children of divorced parents are able to have an equally happy and healthy childhood to those of their peers, provided that both parents remain active and supportive over the years.

Myth 3: You Might not Need to Consult with a Divorce Attorney

Thrift-oriented people are often quick to suggest that you cut back on legal representation during a divorce, especially when the separation is amicable or the chances of going to court are minimal. This piece of “advice” can prove to be catastrophic, however. For one, you need to ensure that you protect your interests at all times, even if you trust your ex-spouse. Placing yourself at a disadvantage simply doesn’t make sense when the stakes are this high, and people change their mind all the time. Not only that, but qualified legal assistance means that you’re more likely to explore all valid options, as well as help you catch any oversights, errors, or omissions that can come  back to haunt you.

Need to Speak with a Divorce Attorney in California?

These are just some of the most prevalent rumors that we’ve heard, and are by no means meant to be an exhaustive list. The best way to equip yourself with the proper knowledge and guidance that you need is to reach out to a trusted professional, someone with a track record for success.

If you want to learn more about how the seasoned divorce attorneys at the Law Office of James P. White can help, be sure to give us a call at your earliest convenience. As mentioned, we offer free initial consultations, where you can learn more about how we can help.